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Cameron risks split with US over Syrian airstrikes

Cameron1“The government is reluctant, however, to be drawn deeper into a campaign that already involves British warplanes conducting surveillance flights over Iraq in support of US bombing raids, sources say. British caution over military action in Syria is in contrast to American bullishness and is likely to make for tense meetings between David Cameron and President Obama at a Nato summit in Wales next week, which will be hosted by the prime minister.” – The Times (£)

  • Give us guns, not airstrikes, to finish off the Islamic State – Hussam al Marie, The Times (£)

Welfare 1) Calls for Britain to follow German lead and impose strict new rules on migrants

“Britain could impose even stricter rules on migrant benefits after Germany launched a major crackdown on welfare tourism. Angela Merkel’s government is to deport any EU nationals lying to claim benefits and block the worst offenders from returning for up to five years. The announcement prompted calls for Britain to follow suit, and Downing Street said it was considering further changes to the rules in this country.” – Daily Mail

  • UK leading the fight against benefit abuse – The Times (£)
  • Cameron under pressure to follow Germany with EU migrant crackdown – Daily Express
  • A ‘Herr-raising’ boost for the PM – The Sun (£)

Welfare 2) UN sparks fury by launching human rights investigation into UK benefit reforms

idspic“The United Nations sparked fury today after launching an unprecedented inquiry into Britain’s treatment of the disabled. The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities launched a formal probe into whether this country has committed ‘grave or systemic violations’ of the rights of disabled people. Tory MPs tonight branded the investigation ‘politically motivated’ and said Britain’s record on help for disabled people was among the best in the world.” – Daily Mail

Top Tory pledges change to British human rights law

“Britain should pull out of the European Convention on Human Rights if it cannot negotiate a new deal to assert the supremacy of our courts and parliament, a justice minister has said. Lord Faulks, who is helping to draft the Europe and human rights section of the Conservative manifesto, told The Times that there would be “something in the manifesto that will certainly change our relationship with the Strasbourg court”.” – The Times (£)

Boris times declaration perfectly to steal UKIP thunder

BORIS blue and red“Perhaps it was a coincidence. His aides insisted that it was. Either way, Boris Johnson’s decision to announce that he would run for the London seat of Uxbridge pitched him against his biggest rival for the title of the most popular man in British politics. The mayor of London announced the move hours before Nigel Farage was chosen as the Ukip parliamentary candidate in the Kent seat of South Thanet.” – The Times (£)

  • Farage to target Johnson on immigration if he’s deployed as a ‘UKIP-killer’ – Daily Mail
  • What Uxbridge voters thing of Boris Johnson – The Independent
  • Local man to challenge for Uxbridge seat – The Times (£)
  • Norway echoes Boris and considers revoking citizenship for jihadis – Daily Mail

Cancer drugs fund subject to ‘value for money’ assessment for the first time

“Pioneering cancer drugs will not be made available under a flagship scheme founded by David Cameron if they do not represent good value for money. Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, will on Thursday boost funding for the flagship Cancer Drugs Fund by 40 per cent to almost £300 million a year.” – Daily Telegraph

  • NHS to shake up appraisal for cancer drugs – Financial Times
  • Fund gets £160 million more for innovative treatments – The Guardian

Bercow faces defeat over Clerk appointment

John Bercow“Leading MPs have rebuffed the Speaker’s attempts to forge a compromise over the appointment of the next clerk of the House of Commons. John Bercow signalled this week that he would back down over attempts to give Carol Mills, an official at the Australian parliament, the role of clerk, which oversees both the procedural aspects and administration of the Commons. He has refused to withdraw her appointment altogether, however…” – The Times (£)

Howarth attacked for suggesting that Enoch Powell was right in email to constituent

“A veteran Tory MP has claimed controversial ‘rivers of blood’ MP Enoch Powell was right to warn against immigration. Gerald Howarth said the notorious Conservative MP had been correct to warn that mass movement of ‘non-Christian’ migrants to Britain would cause problems.” – Daily Mail

Police and Crime Commissioner quits Labour rather than resign over Rotherham abuse

Police shield“Not one council boss or police chief was prepared to shoulder the blame yesterday for their failure to stop the horrific abuse of at least 1,400 vulnerable children… Among the officials shrugging off responsibility was police and crime commissioner Shaun Wright, who stubbornly defied demands for his resignation from the Home Secretary. And when senior Labour figures also told him to go he renounced his membership of the party.” – Daily Mail

>Today: Graeme Archer in Columnists: Rotherham, Orwell and the collapse of language

>Yesterday:

Simon Danczuk MP: Even our police are blinded by liberal dogma

“So why does this keep on happening? Why do the police, social services and the child protection agencies repeatedly fail to act on clear evidence that there is abuse going on? The problems, I very firmly believe, all stem from the top. I believe that all those three agencies are run by a liberal, woolly-minded, middle-class elite who simply cannot conceive of the truly miserable lives that some inner-city children in this country are forced to endure, and who prefer to concentrate on media-friendly ideas such as multiculturalism, diversity and community values – rather than on something as wicked as the rape of a child.” – Daily Mail

Experts warn of chaos as huge IT contract, signed on Miliband and Balls watch, splinters

“The country’s biggest IT contract is heading for disaster under plans to split it into 100 parts, putting billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money at risk, experts have warned. Leading industry specialists have told The Times that splintering the £10 billion Aspire contract, which holds the tax records of 50 million Britons, will end in chaos, with higher costs and a substantial risk to the economy.” – The Times (£)

  • Two Eds were Brown’s advisors when contract was agreed – The Times (£)

Labour losing Sikh support to the Conservatives, Miliband warned

“Ed Miliband has been criticised over the lack of prominent Sikhs in his party. Although Labour has traditionally had strong support among British Sikhs, a former councillor warned that it was losing ground to the Conservatives. Speaking at an event in west London with Harriet Harman, the Labour deputy leader, Inderjeet Singh Nijhar said that he was seeing diminishing support for Labour, particularly among younger voters.” – The Times (£)

>Today: Tom Harrison on Comment: Young voters are ready to hear Conservative messages – if we change how we speak to them

Scotland 1) SNP accused of intimidating business

UNION FLAG torn“More than a hundred Scottish business leaders wanted to sign a letter backing the Union but stayed silent because they feared “consequences” from the SNP Government, it has been claimed… More than half a dozen industry leaders feared planning applications would be stonewalled by SNP-run local authorities if they spoke out, Mr Hewitt alleged in an interview with The Telegraph.” – Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: Henry Hill in Columnists: Independence will end SNP’s student discrimination

Scotland 2) The UK’s exit from the EU is in the hands of Scottish voters

“Britain’s EU membership will be one of the major issues at stake in next year’s election. It would be a tragedy if British voters cast their ballots without fully understanding the European implications of their choice. One thing, however, seems certain: if Scotland votes for independence in September, a referendum within the rump UK on continued EU membership would be even less likely to produce a victory for those who wish to remain.” – Peter Sutherland, The Guardian

Scotland 3) BBC criticised for allowing nationalist ‘rent-a-mob’ to heckle Darling in TV debate

Darling TV debate“The BBC has been accused of bias after viewers of the Scottish referendum debate complained it was dominated by supporters of independence. Critics said that an SNP ‘rent-a-mob’ were allowed to loudly challenge leader of the No campaign Alistair Darling, while First Minister Alex Salmond escaped tough questioning. During the bad-tempted and often noisy head-to-head debate it is claimed the audience of around 200 voters favoured the SNP leader, asking him supportive questions and loudly applauding his answers.” – Daily Mail

  • Poverty in Scotland will ‘survive until Doomsday’ under Salmond, claims Brown – The Times (£)
  • Brown heckled by angry Nat as he rides to Darling’s rescue – Daily Mail
  • Salmond celebrates fightback but still faces uphill struggle – The Independent
  • The reality behind Salmond’s rhetoric – Financial Times editorial

>Today: Brian Monteith in Columnists: Darling’s mauling is no cause for worry

How Clegg totally lost the women of Britain

“When it comes to women, the Lib Dems are a conundrum. The party has pushed through a number of female-focused policies since joining the Coalition – but polls show women are still switching off from the party. Nick Clegg’s team has taken such a bashing since joining with the Conservatives it’s almost become a national sport.” – Daily Telegraph

Farage vows to resign if UKIP fail to break through in 2015

Nigel Farage“Nigel Farage has vowed to resign as party leader if UKIP fails to achieve a general election breakthrough next year. The UKIP leader said there was ‘not one ounce of complacency from me’ after he was selected last night to stand in the South Thanet seat for UKIP at next year’s general election.” – Daily Mail

  • UKIP leader could split vote and let Labour in, says rival – The Sun (£)
  • Farage needs to pick his fights more carefully – John McTernan, Daily Telegraph
  • UKIP leader’s first step on the road to Parliament – The Independent

Can UKIP pull it off in South Thanet?

“Does that mean Nigel Farage will walk it? The Ukip office, painted in the same mauve as the nearby Co-op funeral parlour, was closed yesterday. Saturday’s young crowd had evaporated. A chap called Chris walked by; he used to man the phones for Ukip. Describing himself as a Bertie Bassett sort of person, he now distrusts their policies… Ramsgate may not be fast moving, but it isn’t stupid. Farage shouldn’t count on taking it for a ride.” – Clive Aslet, Daily Telegraph

News in Brief

  • Ukraine rallies army as 100 Russian tanks ‘seen crossing the border’ – Daily Mail
  • US police kill Cops TV crew member – The Guardian
  • Lidl fools foodies with mock farmers’ market – The Times (£)
  • Ice-bucket challenge demand ‘leaves island without water’ – The Independent

 

 

 

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